Monday, July 06, 2015
If I lend to some who is unable or unwillling to repay me, who is culpable? I surely am culpable for placing temptation in his way and for being foolish enough to give to be pared from my money.
I have a great sympathy for the Greeks who thought they had found a never ending source of wealth, which they took and redistributed and now find they, their children and grandchildren are being harassed for what is now been termed as the profligacy.
Nowadays it is almost impossible for us to understand the detestation Christians of an earlier age had for usury. For us, it is if anything, a theological curiosity. However, if the payback the EU is demanding from Greece is going to cripple her for several generations. If it is going to reduce pensions, seriously damage education and healthcare, undermine policing and justice, and bring about misery and serious damage the family, then the effects surely are the same as usury.
Perhaps we need to look again at Usury and rediscover why we had such problems with it for 1,500 years. Perhaps as a Church we need to examine our consciences about our use of money, most of us would be considered excommunicate by Bonaventurre or Aquinas. Are we just too happy to play the bankers game?
Posted by Fr Ray Blake